This Date In Royals History–1969 Edition: April 13

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The Royals split a doubleheader in Oakland, winning the first game 4-1 before a 3-0 loss in the second game.

First baseman Mike Fiore started the scoring for the Royals in the first game, leading off the second with a home run against Oakland starter Blue Moon Odom. The round-tripper was the first home run in franchise history. Still in the second, Oakland gifted the Royals a run, as George Spriggs walked, then ended up at third after a passed ball and a wild pitch. Ellie Rodriguez brought Spriggs in with a well-placed sacrifice bunt.

Kansas City starter Bill Butler gave up a home run to Sal Bando leading off the fourth, but nothing else in that inning. The Royals added a run in the sixth when Joe Foy reached on an error, and singles by Spriggs and Jerry Adair brought him around for a 3-1 Royals lead.

Butler left the game in the sixth inning after issuing two two-out walks. Moe Drabowsky entered the game and retired Dick Green to end the threat. Drabowsky earned the save by pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.

The Royals got an insurance run in the eighth. Joe Keough led off with a single. Joe Foy followed with a single, and when A’s third baseman Bando couldn’t handle the throw from the outfield, Keough scampered home with the game’s final run.

As it turned out, that was the day’s last run for Kansas City. Oakland starter Jim Nash held the Royals to three hits in the second game as he pitched a complete game shutout. Nash walked one and struck out five.

The Royals actually had a couple of scoring chances. Jackie Hernandez doubled with one out in the fourth and took third on a wild pitch. But Keough popped up and Foy struck out to end the inning. In the fifth, Spriggs doubled with one out, but was stranded at second after an Adair fly ball and Jim Campanis strikeout. And in the ninth, Ed Kirkpatrick led off with a walk before Pat Kelly singled to bring the tying run to the plate. But Lou Piniella, hitting for Jackie Hernandez, grounded into a double play and Keough popped up to end the game.

Royals starter Wally Bunker struck out six and only allowed four hits in five innings, but two of them were solo home runs, one by Green and one by Reggie Jackson.

Box score and play-by-play (game one): https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK196904131.shtml
Box score and play-by-play (game two): https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK196904132.shtml

Today’s birthdays: Jose Diaz (1980), Lorenzo Cain (1986)

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